Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sree Tirumalagiri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swamy Devasthanam, Bengaluru, India

Sree Tirumalagiri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara (Lord Balaji)  and situated in the residential area of JP Nagar 2nd Phase, Bangalore (Bengaluru)
The presiding deity, Lord Venkateswara Swamy  is accompanied by Lord Narasimha Swamy on left and Sri Padmavathi  Ammavaru  on right, as separate sannadhis. There are also  sannadhis for Lord Ranganatha Swamy, Lord Anjaneya Swamy (Hanuman), Lord Ganapathi and Maha Shesha.

Interesting Facts of  Sree Tirumalagiri

Over 7 lakhs bhaktas visit the temple every year with 1.5 Lakhs on Vaikunta Ekadesi day alone.
 The main deity was originally planned to be Lord Ranganatha Swamy. Also, the orginally planned height of Lord Venkateshwara was 8 feet tall including the base. However the one that was finally done was over 13 feet tallincluding the base
The 13.5 foot Lord Ranganatha Swamy moolavar (main)  idol is made out ofsingle stone and is rarest  in the world. Normally it is done by joining 3 stones, one for Aadhi Seshan head, one for Lord Ranganathaswamy and third for Aadhiseeshan body and tail.
The Sannadhi (Sanctum Sanitorium) for Lord Venkateshwara Swamy  was originally constructed for installation of smaller idol. After an effort for few days, it was on a day of Sravanam that the Moolavar (deity) perfectly stood in the current position.
The idol of Lord Narasimha Swamy was completed on the day of actual pradisthai (installation ceremony).  
Lord Anjaneya Swamy was the first deity, when the temple was originally constructed. The idol is suppose to be over 100 years old.
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